Nutrition, Genetics and Athletic Performance

This project will result in the expansion of an athlete-focused genetic test to include additional genetic markers and algorithms for the purpose of personalized caffeine advice for endurance and other forms of exercise (strength, power, anaerobic-power) through continued analysis of 23 caffeine-associated genes that affect an athlete’s response to caffeine (positive, negative or no effect). The intern has already collected all necessary data, from over 100 athletes, from her previous doctoral research. She has already published some of her caffeine-associated findings. Other genes associated to body composition, dietary intakes and muscle physiology will also be investigated. Additional research in this area will directly benefit the partnering company, Nutrigenomix Inc., as developer of genetic tests for personalized sports nutrition available in 35 countries. The mission of Nutrigenomix is to maintain its position as one of the world’s leading providers and most trusted source of DNA-based nutrition information in a competitive marketplace. To achieve this goal, it is imperative that the company continues novel high-quality research to strength the quality of breadth of its products and services. TO BE CONT'D

Nanci Guest
Faculty Supervisor: 
John L Sievenpiper
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